The AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) and the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP) are joining forces to urge Congress to adequately fund domestic HIV/AIDS and hepatitis programs in FY2017.
Join their #FundHep social media campaign in an effort to advocate for more Federal funds in FY2017!

From May 31 to June 3, 2016 ask Congress to #FundHep over social media. Below you will find sample content and messages for twitter and Facebook that you can use over the course of next week.

Sample tweets:

  • From 2010-13, the U.S. saw an increase of more than 150% in #hepatitis infections. Tell Congress: #FundHep! @CDChep
  • From 2010-13, the U.S. saw an increase of more than 150% in #hepatitis infections. Tell Congress: #FundHep! @CDChep
  • Of the 5.3 million people living w/ #HepB and/or #HepC in the US, as many as 65% are not aware of their infection #FundHEP #HBV #HCV @CDChep
  • As many as 2/3 of the 5.3 mil ppl who have #hepatitis are not aware of their infection #FundHEP #HBV #HCV @CDChep
  • Deaths due 2 #hepatitisC surpass # of deaths 4 all 60 other notifiable infectious diseases combined. We need more resources #FundHep @CDChep
  • The budget 4 #hepatitis is nowhere near the $ needed 2 reduce new infections in the U.S. We urge Congress more funding 4 @CDCHep! #FundHep
  • The budget for #hepatitis is nowhere near the funding needed to reduce new infections in the U.S. #FundHep
  • @CDChep #hepatitis data shows more Americans die from #hepC than from 60 other infectious diseases http://1.usa.gov/1TtSTZ8 #FundHep
  • 62 nat’l, state & local organizations urge #Congress to #FundHep in FY2017 appropriations bills http://bit.ly/1ZNGQKH @cdchep

Sample Facebook post

Of the nearly 5.3 million people living with #hepatitis B (#HBV) and/or hepatitis C (#HCV) in the U.S., as many as 65 percent are not aware of their infection. There are nearly 55,000 new transmissions each year, and between 2010 and 2013 the U.S. saw an increase of more than 150% new infections. The current budget for the CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis is nowhere near the estimate need.

We urge #Congress to increase funding for the Division for Viral Hepatitis, which will allow for increased testing, education, and surveillance.

Also below are important handles you can incorporate into these messages to target specific important members of the Appropriations Committees or the committees themselves.

Important handles:

  • @HouseAppropsGOP – House Appropriations Committee (majority)
  • @AppropsDems – House Appropriations Committee (minority)
  • @SenateApprops – Senate Appropriations Committee (minority)
  • @SenThadCochran – Senate Appropriations Committee (majority)
  • @SenatorBarb
  • @RoyBlunt
  • @PattyMurray
  • @NitaLowey
  • @RepHalRogers
  • @TomColeOK04
  • @rosadelauro

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